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Headship and Poverty in Africa
April 14, 2020
With a little more care to take context and the confounding attributes that make female-headed households (FHHs) particularly prone to poverty into account, this paper argues that headship can be useful for identifying poor households in Africa.
The Debate about Headship in Poverty and Gender Studies
December 02, 2019
Disagreement exists over the usefulness of the concept of headship in household surveys, and of the use of female headship in the analysis of poverty. Some researchers even argue for getting rid of the headship concept altogether and for organizing the household roster instead around a chosen &ldquo...
How Significant Is Household Headship? Agnes Quisumbing and Dominique van de Walle on the CGD Podcast
October 01, 2019
IFPRI's Agnes Quisumbing and CGD's Dominique van de Walle joined me to discuss the contexts in which headship is (and isn't) useful, the importance of the circumstances leading to female headship, and how headship can relate to women's property rights and financial security.
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Is Household Headship a Useful Concept? A Research and Policy Conversation
September 10, 2019
Household surveys typically identify a head of household and disaggregate this information by sex. Female headship is both commonly used and heavily criticized as a proxy measure for women’s poverty. Many use it as the only available gauge for women’s well-being; others recommend doing a...
Religion and Widowhood in Nigeria
June 06, 2019
In Africa, where widowhood and divorce are common and the rights of women are mostly conditional on marriage, changes in marital status are likely to influence the success of policies aimed at empowering women.